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People often associate networking with feelings of anxiety and awkwardness. However, networking doesn't have to be so intimidating! Instead, networking should be thought of as an opportunity to build a supportive community with people whom you share interests. 

Idealist recently posted a list of 20 ways to network that don’t feel like networking.  Here are a few suggestions from this list (click on the link for the full list):

  • Go on an informational interview.
  • Ask for an introduction from your family and friends.
  • Attend a conference or workshop related to your career or interests.
  • Join a club: Check out Meetup to see a list of clubs in your area, or start a new one!
  • Volunteer with an organization that is meaningful to you to meet people who share your passion.
  • Reach out to your alumni group.

Also, it's important to remember that networking should be a long-term, mutual relationship in order to truly grow. To nurture the connections that you have already made try hosting a party, sharing a resource, or making a recommendation on LinkedIn.

For more tips on networking, check out Cancer and Career’s Guide to LinkedIn, Job Hunting After Cancer Treatment, and Informational Interviews

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